10 Free Things Happening This Week, Dec. 23-29

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1) A COSAS Christmas

Monday Dec. 23  12:30 p.m.

Debuting new works by COSAS favorite Raymundo Gonzalez, this special Christmas-themed collection viewing will feature wall-to-wall paintings and sculptures that capture the spirit of the holidays. Additionally, the rest of the gallery will be open for guests to explore a recently-acquired shipment of works from Mexico.

Location:  1109 S Main St, Boerne

2) Windcrest Light-Up 2013

Tuesday, Dec. 24 6 p.m.

A decades-old San Antonio tradition, hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights will adorn the homes of Windcrest for the viewing pleasure of passing motorists. In recent years, the holiday display has evolved into a full-fledged event with lines of cars weaving through the town's streets, taking in some of the most elaborate Christmas decorations in the state. Bundle up, bring some cocoa, and take in the sights.

Location: Windcrest City Hall, 8601 Midcrown3) "Samurai X" Showing

Tuesday, Dec. 24 7:30 p.m.

Anime at the Alamo continues with a special free showing of the classic "Samurai X." The story of a former assassin's quest to protect the people of Japan, the film is a favorite of both die-hard fans and those with a passing interest in anime.

Location: Alamo Drafthouse, 1255 SW Loop 4104) Zweite Weihnachten (Second Christmas)

Thursday, Dec. 26 2-5 p.m.

True to German tradition, the Gillespie County Historical Society will host an authentic Zweite Weilhnachten, or Second Christmas. The festival will feature traditional German refreshments, decorations, music, and Christmas trinkets, all in the spirit of keeping the joy of Christmas alive for just a while l0nger.

Location: Gillespie County Historical Society, 312 W San Antonio St, Fredericksburg, TX5) San Antonio Museum of Art's Free Day

Thursday, Dec. 26 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Perfect for exposing out-of-towners to a San Antonio cultural staple, SAMA will offer free admission to all on Thursday. Seize this opportunity and take in exhibitions including Lethal Beauty and Eldizer Cortor: Master Printmaker, as well as dining along the river and permanent displays.

Location: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones Ave 6) The Al Barlow Show

Sunday, Dec. 29 2 p.m.

The perfect fun and relaxing way to cap off your week, the Al Barlow Show at the Phoenix Saloon will offer toe-tappin' music, great food, and—of course—cold beer. Al Barlow brings his signature good-natured grin to both classic and original Americana tunes.

Location: The Phoenix Saloon, 193 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels 7) N.E. Cogg Book Signing

Saturday, Dec. 28 11 a.m.

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San Antonio native N.E. Cogg might just be the complete literary package. In addition to writing in a unique poetry-prose hybrid style, Cogg illustrates his own works, ensuring his vision is perfectly executed. Join Cogg at the Twig on Saturday to hear him speak on his latest creation, Gamer T Root in the Night of the Piscator. Copies of the book will be available for purchase on location.

Location: The Twig Book Shop, 306 Pearl Pkwy8) Tommy Elskes & Van Wilks

Thursday, Dec. 26   6 p.m.

Possessing the all too rare ability to write and perform music that is truly accessible, Elskes combines R&B, blues, rock, country, and folk stylings to create a soulful sound. Van Wilks, one of the state's greatest and most acclaimed guitarists will take the stage to perform his unique blues-and-funk-blended original hits. Wilks, who has toured all over the world, is a true Texas legend.

Location: Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Rd, New Braunfels9) Hans Frank "El Gallo"

Friday, Dec. 27 10 p.m.

Embarking on a project that's a far cry from his Glambilly days, Hans Frank's "El Gallo" offers a rustic, stripped-down reenvisioning of Glambilly's roiling southern rock hits. El Gallo may be a significant departure from what made Frank a favorite of the Texas music scene, but the project might be the thing to throw him into full-fledged stardom.

Location: The Mix, 2423 N St Mary's10) Stop-motion Film Fest: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 26 3 p.m.

Tim Burton’s Christmas cult-classic hits the McNay on Thursday for a special screening. Part of the museum’s stop motion animation series, the event will feature snacks and a tour of original figures, props, and sets used in the beloved film.

Location: McNay Art Museum, 6000 N New Braunfels Ave

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